Course Descriptions

Course Catalog for CLASSICS
GREK 101
Introduction to Classical and Biblical Greek I
A course in the fundamentals of classical Greek, designed for those who begin the language in college.
1.50 units, Lecture
LATN 101
Fundamentals for Reading Latin
This course focuses on the fundamental knowledge required to read and write in Latin. In addition to acquiring core vocabulary for reading major Latin authors, students learn the forms of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, with a special emphasis on the flexibility of noun cases, and basic subordinate clauses. This course is suitable for students who are embarking on the study of Latin, and an excellent review for students who have studied Latin previously.
1.50 units, Lecture
GREK 102
Introduction to Classical and Biblical Greek II
A continuation of Greek 101. The aim of the course is to enable students to read Greek as soon as possible.
Prerequisite: a Grade of C- or better in Greek 101 or Permission of the instructor
1.50 units, Lecture
LATN 102
Intermediate Grammar for Reading Latin
This course begins with a brief review of material covered in LAT101, then proceeds to cover complex subordinate clauses involving the subjunctive, indirect statement, and varieties of participial constructions, in addition to further vocabulary acquisition. Students begin to read passages from ancient Latin literature, such as Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, the Res Gestae of Augustus Caesar, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 101 or appropriate score on the placement exam.
1.50 units, Lecture
CLCV 111
Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology
A survey of the art and archaeology of the classical world, from the Neolithic period through the Roman Empire. Topics of discussion include sculpture, pottery, painting, architecture, town planning, burial practices, and major monuments, as well as archaeological method and theory.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 203
Generally, this course is a study of the role of myth in society; particularly, the emphasis will be laid on the body of Greek myth and its relationship to literature and art. Readings within the area of classical literature will be wide and varied, with a view to elucidating what "myth" meant to the ancient Greeks. Whatever truths are discovered will be tested against the apparent attitudes of other societies, ancient and modern, toward myth. Lectures and discussion.
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 203
Advanced Latin Grammar and Reading
This course begins with a brief review of the material covered in Latin 102, especially complex subordinate clauses involving the subjunctive, indirect statement, and participial constructions. Students will then cover advanced topics, including the gerundive and the supine. The second half of the semester will be devoted to reading a suitable ancient text with commentary, as well as a selection of related scholarly articles, in preparation for the translation and interpretation of Latin texts at the 300 level.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 102 or appropriate score on the placement exam.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 206
Ancient Epic
No Course Description Available.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 210
Magic in Ancient Rome
Love potions, prayers, and curses-magic suffused daily life in ancient Rome, forming a vital aspect of how the Romans attempted to exercise agency in their lives. In this course, we will examine amulets, magical papyri, and textual records for supernatural beings like werewolves to assess how the Romans conceptualized magic-particularly in contradistinction to religious, scientific, and philosophical thought-and the physical spaces in which they used it. Along the way, we will ask what evidence for Roman magical practice reveals about gender, class, and foreigners in antiquity. By the end of the semester, students will be able to raise the dead, curse their enemies, and call upon Hecate to do their bidding.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 214
Greek and Roman Architecture
An examination of building materials and methods used in the construction of domestic, civic, and religious buildings of the Greek and Roman worlds. The way in which the functions of these buildings influenced their forms is also examined. Further topics of discussion include comparative studies of the works of individual architects, architectural adaptations to local topography, and the use of building programs for propaganda purposes.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 216
Archaeological Method and Theory
An introduction to interdisciplinary archaeological enquiry, drawing on material selected from American studies, anthropology, art history, classics, geology, history, Middle Eastern studies, religion, and women's studies. Students will consider archaeological methods, techniques, and specific applications to various disciplines. Central to the discussion will be the uses of archaeology in reconstructing aspects of pre-historic, historical, and more contemporary human life. The course has a strong hands-on component.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 218
Archaeology of the Holy Land
Through a survey of arts, architecture, material remains, and written accounts, this course traces the complex past of a region regarded as Holy Land by people of several major religions. We will evaluate incongruities between written texts and physical evidence; the contentious political and religious agendas that affected studies of these lands; and evidence for the ancient societies, cultures, economies, religions, and politics that contributed to shaping the modern Middle East.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 222
Ancient Cities of the Near East, Egypt, and the Mediterranean World
This course traces ancient urbanism from the development of Neolithic sedentism to the massive cities of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire. We will examine both primary and secondary texts, together with evidence from art and archaeology, to assemble a composite view of urban life and the environmental, topographical, political, cultural, and economic factors that shaped some of the most impressive cities ever built, many of which remain major metropolitan centers today.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 223
Roman Philosophy
This course will examine the work of a number of Roman philosophers during the period of roughly 1 BCE – 200 CE. Through reading the works of Seneca, Cicero, Lucretius, Sextus Empiricus, and others, we will become familiar with various ancient Roman schools of thought such as Stoicism and Skepticism, as well as certain then prevalent political theories. Above all, focus will be given to the manner in which philosophy undergoes certain fundamental changes as it transforms, transfers, and translates from an Ancient Greek worldview into a Roman (i.e., Latin) one.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 224
Sex and Sexualities in Ancient Greece and Rome
Do current Western attitudes toward sex and sexuality have a history? How and why did ancient Greek society glorify and institutionalize homosexuality and consider it superior to heterosexuality? What were the origins and evolution of Greek and Roman sexual attitudes and practices, and in what ways did Roman sexuality differ from Greek? This course will examine ancient Greek and Roman sexual values and practices in order to illuminate contemporary attitudes toward sex and the body. Readings will include selections from Homer, Sappho, Plato, Juvenal, Martial, Petronius, Catullus, and other ancient writers, as well as modern critical analyses. This course is intended for and open to all students. There is no prerequisite for enrollment.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 225
Jews among the Greeks & Romans
This course examines the Jewish Diaspora in the Greco-Roman world from Alexander the Great to the early Roman Empire. Focusing on both Jewish and pagan sources, we will assess and contextualize literary and archaeological evidence relating to the Jewish communities outside the land of Israel. Particular attention will be directed toward the Jewish Diaspora in Rome. Readings will include selections from Josephus, Philo, Strabo, Cicero, Tacitus, Juvenal, and other ancient writers, as well as Jewish papyri and funeral inscriptions, all in translation.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 227
Drinking and Dining in Antiquity
This course offers a history of banqueting in the ancient Mediterranean world, from communal feasts at religious festivals to the private banquets of the Greek symposium, and the Roman convivium. Using primary ancient sources (literary texts, artistic representations, and archaeological finds), we will examine the roles of dining and drinking in ancient societies and social ideologies. What, for instance, was the significance of food and drink offerings in tombs and images of banqueting in funerary art? Where did the custom of reclining to dine originate, and what social implications did it carry? And, of course, what kind of food and drink was consumed at these banquets?
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 228
Golden Ages and Utopian Dreams
Once upon a time the world was wonderful—but that time is long past. Why did we lose it? Could we ever return to that wonderful world? This line of thinking characterizes discourses of “the golden age”, which run throughout Greek and Roman literature and into their modern interpretations. Related to a communal desire to recover past glory days is the ability to imagine a new and better society that has never, and may never, actually exist: the utopia. This course surveys how Greek and Roman authors imagined golden ages and utopias; how morality, gender, labor, and warfare shaped these cultural ideals; and how contemporary artistic descendants
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 229
Journeys and Identities from Gilgamesh to Candide
Who are we? Where are we going? Where have we come from? These questions have been central to literature in all cultures and all time periods. Epic tales of travel and adventure are a rich field in which to explore what it means to be human, to be an individual and a member of a community. Heroes leave home and find it again, or make it anew, and in the process they find and remake themselves. They encounter monsters and temptresses, utopias and dystopias, all of which test and refute and reshape their notions of what is natural and conventional. We will explore these and other issues through in-depth readings of five works from five vastly different cultures and eras: the Near Eastern epic of Gilgamesh, the early Greek epic of the Odyssey, by Homer; the Roman comic tale of a man turned into an ass in The Golden Ass of Apuleius; the medieval romance of Ywain: The Knight of the Lion, by Chretien de Troyes; and the early modern story of Candide, by Voltaire.
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 230
Greek Democracy in Theory and Practice
As we all know, the Greeks invented democracy – or did they? This course explores the emergence and development of democracy in the city-states (poleis) of the ancient Greek world from roughly 1000 BCE to 300 CE. We focus especially on possible Near Eastern origins for democratic institutions and practices and the borrowing or parallel development of democracy in early Greek poleis; the features of the best-known Greek democracy, that of Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE; and the adaptation of democracy to rule by Hellenistic kings and Roman emperors. We will also examine closely the treatment of democracy in Greek philosophy, especially Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 232
Ancient Greece on Film and TV
What do films and television programs set in ancient Greece say about us and our identities now? This course explores the relationship modern artists have constructed with ancient Greece in the cinema and on the television screen. The main focus will be on how contemporary Americans view, depict, and change ancient experiences based on differing circumstances of time and place. Topics for discussion include the distinction between “myth” and “history”, the depiction of gender, the representation of the divine, considerations of the audience, and the mechanics of adaptation. Films may include Disney’s Hercules (1997), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Troy (2004), and 300 (2007). Television programs may include Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) and Wishbone (1995-1999).
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 233
Survey of Greek Literature
Ancient literature written in Greek starts with Homer and goes to the end of antiquity. This course surveys, in translation, some of the most important works of literature produced in both poetry and prose.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 234
Greek Comedy: Aristophanes and his Influence
This course will explore the literary, political, and philosophical elements of ancient Athens' greatest comic playwright, Aristophanes. By carefully reading several of his plays we will gain an appreciation for Greek comedy as a form of political satire, as a highly successful criticism of philosophy and sophistry, and as a method of philosophical inquiry in its own right. In order to better understand the humor and references of Aristophanes' plays, we will read a variety of other texts, including works of Greek history, tragedy, and philosophy. Finally, we will study some contemporary works in which the spirit (if not the structure) of Greek comedy is echoed.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 238
Gender and Performance in Greek Tragedy
What does it mean to act like a woman, or a man, in ancient Athenian tragedies—especially when all the roles were originally played by men? Because such performances took place at a civic festival celebrating the relationship between humans and gods, examination of orderly and disorderly social behavior has taken on a new prominence in studies of the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. We will explore the language and imagery, performance context, and social significance of the gendered representation of tragic figures such as Medea, Antigone, and Orestes for fifth-century Athens, and in recent revivals of ancient Greek tragedies for contemporary audiences.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 239
Rome on Film
This course seeks to provide you with both cinematic and classical treats: knowledge of the basic tools with which to approach the study of film, and an acquaintance with not only several major stories of Roman mythology but several major historical events, as well. Throughout the term, we will also consistently be evaluating the ways in which the tales told in our films differ from their original sources, the extensive debt classical films of the past two decades owe to their predecessors, and how contemporary concerns flavor the way the ancient myths and history are represented on screen.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 240
Mobility and Travel in the Ancient World
Tourism, pilgrimage, enslavement, and exile—these are but some of the reasons that brought the Greeks and Romans far from home or—as in the case of Vergil’s hero Aeneas—to home for the very first time. By traversing the Mediterranean Sea and beyond, the Greeks and Romans encountered people and places that shaped and reshaped their understanding of the world and their place in it. By studying texts like Homer’s Odyssey, Pausanias’ Description of Greece, and Cicero’s letters alongside archaeological evidence from sites like the multicultural island of Delos, we will discover the logics of mobility in classical antiquity and its social, cultural, and political implications for those whom the Greeks and Romans met.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 241
Classical Ideals: Representations of the Human Body in Ancient Mediterranean Art
Representations of the human body in Greek and Roman art raise various issues including standards of beauty and their implications; social status; the athletic ideal; clothing and lack of clothing; character and emotions; gender and sexuality; and concepts of the "classical ideal" during and after antiquity. Through studies of classical sculpture, painting, and minor arts, this course will explore perceptions of the human body that persist in the Western tradition. Readings include studies in the history of art, critical approaches to conceptions of the human form, ancient medical texts, and classical poetry.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 242
Kings, Tyrants, Emperors: Autocracy in the Greek and Roman World
From the Homeric lords to the pharaoh-kings of Hellenistic Egypt to the emperors of Rome, one-person rule played an essential part in both political discourse and political reality in the ancient Mediterranean world. What differentiated a good autocrat from a bad one—a “king” from a “tyrant”, in the developing political rhetoric of classical antiquity, which we have inherited? Investigations in this course may include the terminology for such autocrats, primarily “king”, “tyrant”, and “emperor”; theoretical treatments of autocratic rule by Plato, Aristotle, and Polybius; and the representation of autocrats in literary and visual art, historical sources, and archaeological remains.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 243
Oedipus the King on Page, stage, and Screen
Ever since Aristotle deemed Sophocles' play Oedipus Tyrannus (better known as Oedipus the King) the exemplary tragedy of the classical Athenian dramatic tradition, it has enjoyed a privileged position in the Western cultural tradition; thinkers and artists have investigated, recreated, and adapted Sophocles' retelling of the ancient Greek myth to the own ends. Students will explore the significance of Oedipus in its ancient Athenian context and through modern interpretations in literary analysis, theatrical performance, and on screen in works as diverse as Martha Graham's dance-theater piece Night Journey and Christopher Nolan's film Memento.
0.50 units, Seminar
CLCV 244
Ancient Roman Comedy: Literature, Society, and Stagecraft
Comedies by the playwrights Plautus and Terence not only represent the literature of the Middle Republican period of Rome (264-133 BCE); these slapstick depictions of family life also communicate the concerns of ordinary people during Rome's imperial expansion following the Second Punic War, filtered through a genre of popular entertainment staged at public festivals. In addition to studying these plays as literature and as sources for social history, we will treat these texts as scripts meant to be performed, using performance as a technique for exploring what Romans thought was funny-and whether we ourselves can still laugh at plays written over 2000 years ago, for an audience far different from us.
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 245
Songs of War from Ancient Greece
War was a constant for every member of ancient Greek society, whether they were fighting in it, reveling in conquest, or lamenting the aftermath. For this reason, war also appears prominently in the ancient Greek imaginary. In this course we will investigate diverse ancient Greek viewpoints on war, which may include the perspective of heroic society in Homer’s epic poem the Iliad, of enslaved women in Euripides’ tragedy Trojan Women, of anti-heroic lyric poets like Archilochus and Sappho, and of the comic playwright Aristophanes in his Lysistrata. We will also consider how modern artists have re-appropriated ancient Greek visions of war, as in Bryan Doerries’s Theater of War and Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone performed by Syrian refugees.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 246
Religion in the Roman World
This course examines the practice of Roman religion at Rome and in the provinces from the Archaic Period through the emergence of Christianity in the Empire. Where did the Roman pantheon emerge from? What kinds of buildings did the Romans use to practice cult? And what did it mean to worship the living empire? Through literary sources and material culture, we will develop a framework for understanding the tenets, beliefs, and places of worship when it came to religious practice in the Roman world.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 247
Marriage in Greek and Roman Society
How did ancient Greek and Roman societies understand “marriage,” a concept so familiar to us in contemporary American society? In recent years we have witnessed how its very definition, the kind of obligations and rights it entails, and how it defines gender roles are bound up in a web of familial, religious, and political interests that can change, despite insistence on “tradition.” In this course, we will read a survey of Greek and Roman texts that engage with the concept of marriage over a millennium, including Homer’s Odyssey, Athenian tragedies and legal oratory, Roman comedies, the account of Roman history by Livy, and the Roman poet Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 300
Archaeological Excavation
As part of a consortium with Pennsylvania State University and other schools, Trinity College runs a summer archaeological field school program at Akko in Israel. The main components of this course will be archaeological excavation, recording, field analysis, and preservation. Through site tours, field trips, workshops, and a lecture series, we will also study the major historical and archaeological periods represented in Akko and the larger context in which Akko functioned. See Professor Risser for dates and details. Permission of instructor required. This multidisciplinary course contributes to majors in Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Classical Civilization, History, International Studies, Jewish Studies, and Religion; minors in Architectural Studies, Classical Antiquity, and the Classical Tradition; and the Cities Program.
2.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 301
Advanced Fieldwork and Research in Akko
This course builds on CLAS 300, Archaeological Excavation, a summer archaeological field school program at Akko in Israel that is part of a consortium with Pennsylvania State University, the Claremont Colleges, and other schools. Students in CLAS 301 will be engaged in advanced research that may include the foundation of a senior thesis. If thesis research is anticipated, the student’s written project proposal must be approved by his/her academic advisor as well as the instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 301
Egypt from Alexander to Amr. The Nile and Desert Under the Greeks and Romans
From the advent of Alexander the Great to the Muslim conquest in 640 CE by the then governor of Palestine, Egypt was under the rule of Greeks and Romans. Thanks to the dry climate, thousands of texts on stone, papyrus, and fragments of pottery (ostraka) have been preserved. In this course, students will become familiar with the style, conventions, and language of these texts by reading the in the original Greek; they will also learn how to use scholarly aids to the study and interpretation of these texts.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 308
The Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of Ancient Greek Religion
This course examines the material evidence for ancient Greek religion, cults, and rituals; methods of approaching ancient religion and analyzing cult practices through art, architecture, and artifacts; exploration of votive, sacrificial, and feasting practices; distinctions between sacred and civic space in ancient Greece; differences between urban, extra-urban, rural, and panhellenic sanctuaries; the role of the city in establishing, maintaining, and supporting religious places and practices. There are no pre-requisites for this course.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 308
The Fall of the Roman Republic
In the first century BCE, the Roman Republic was plunged into chaos and civil war after Caesar made his fatal decision to cross the Rubicon. Using selections from Julius Caesar’s Civil War and contemporary letters from Cicero, Pompey and others, we will explore this tumultuous time from the perspective of the participants themselves who struggled to understand and shape the course of events in the midst of political and military turmoil. Through the contemporaneous observations of these major players, we will become eyewitnesses to the fall of the Republic and the triumph of Caesar.
LATN 203 (formerly 221) or and equivalent course, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 311
Aegean Bronze Age
This course explores the art, architecture, and archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age, with a focus on the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures. Topics covered include the techniques and methods of Bronze Age artists and architects, the influence of Egypt and the Near East on Aegean culture, governmental structures, issues of race and gender, funerary customs, religion, and evidence for cannibalism and other cult practices.
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 312
Selections from the letters, orations, and philosophical essays.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 314
The Classics in Colonial India
This course traces the complex relationship between the study of classical antiquity and the British colonial presence in India. How did Indians employ the classical tradition to produce strategies of resistance and collaboration to overturn the British Raj and agitate for the creation of Bharat? The class will engage with a diverse range of texts like Sophocles’ Antigone, Nehru’s “India and Greece”, a play based on Aristophanes’ Wealth, whose replacement of a male with a female protagonist raises issues of gender and sexuality, and films like Gandhi (1982). By excavating the mostly uncharted history of classical reception in British India, the course not only considers the relationship between classics and colonialism, but performs the crucial function of decentering the occidental orientation of classical reception studies.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 315
Selected readings from the dialogues, with special emphasis on Plato’s style, thought, and characterization of Socrates.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 317
The Politics of Mediterranean Art, Archaeology, and Identity
Are interpretations of ancient art dependent upon who is doing the analysis? To what extent do nationalistic, political, ethnic, or economic interests determine what is conserved or publicly displayed? Under whose agendas are certain aspects of an ancient culture or archaeological site emphasized, and others obscured? Relationships between archaeology and ideology, even when subtle, may have a profound effect on our understanding of the past. We will explore these issues with a focus on how coastal cultures of the ancient Mediterranean basin are presented in the Modern era, and why.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 319
Virtus: Masculinity in Latin Texts
The Latin term virtus, from which the English term "virtue" is derived, denotes the broad and changing concept of what makes a "man" (vir) in Roman culture and society. This course examines the construction and significance of masculinity through the use of the term virtus in a variety of Latin texts, including prose (e.g. Sallust's historiography), lyric poety (e.g. by Catullus), drama (e.g. the comedies of Plautus) and historical inscriptions. The selection of texts may change with each iteration of the course.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or a 300-level Latin course, or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 320
In this course we'll be reading selections from the second-century A.D. Greek author Lucian's True Stories. Along the way, we'll consider his historical and cultural context as Greek literature written under the Roman Empire, as well as the relationship of True Stories to the genre of science fiction.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 320
Portraits of Augustus
Gaius Octavius, better known by his honorific name Augustus, was a pivotal and controversial figure in Roman history, and much-depicted in Roman literature. This course will feature selections from Roman literature that offer insights into how Romans in Augustus’ time and beyond—including himself—sought to influence how people at Rome and throughout the empire regarded the career of the individual whose rise to power revolutionized Roman society and changed the course of history. Readings may include selections from Augustus’ Res Gestae, Tacitus’ Annales, Suetonius’ Vita Divi Augusti, Vergil’s Eclogues and Aeneid, Propertius’ Elegies, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Fasti.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or a 300-level Latin course, or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 321
Euripides was the youngest of the Athenian tragedians; we have preserved more of his plays than of any other dramatist. Questions of gender, war, politics, and human relations with the gods all figure powerfully in his dramas. We will read one or more of his works in Greek. In addition to translation, students may work on textual criticism, staging of drama, and/or the writing of a research paper.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 321
Readings in the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid with particular emphasis on literary appreciation.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 323
Classics and Colonialism
This course explores the reception of classical literature and history in colonial contexts. Through texts like Sophocles' Antigone; Nehru's "India and Greece"; and Fugard's The Island, we will examine how colonized peoples used the classical tradition to develop strategies of collaboration and resistance to oust European colonizers from environments like India, South Africa, and the Caribbean. By studying the reception of classics through the perspectives of colonized communities, the course considers the relationship between classics and colonialism and performs the crucial function of decentering classical reception studies.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 324
Greek Oratory
Review of grammar and reading of selected texts by Athenian orators of the fourth century BCE.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 325
Philosophy of Tragedy and the Tragedy of Philosophy
Throughout the history of Western philosophy, ancient Greek tragedy has continued to be a source of great fascination. This course shall focus on a number of philosophical analyses of ancient tragedy, including those offered by Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Hegel, and Heidegger. Additionally, several ancient Greek tragedies will be read in order to test the validity of these philosophical analyses. We will see that philosophy itself, owing to this preoccupation with tragedy, takes on a tragic character through the guise of some of these thinkers.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 325
Greek Religious Texts
A survey of religious beliefs, concepts, practices, and history based on close study of ancient Greek sources. Readings include selections from Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, Herodotus, tragedy, the philosophers, the Septuagint, Josephus, and the New Testament, as well as epigraphic material. Topics addressed include myth, ritual, sanctuaries, conceptions of divinity, the soul, mystery cults, the emergence of Christianity, and religious warfare and conflict. Core readings are in ancient Greek.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 325
Livy's History of Rome
This course introduces students to selections from Livy's magnum opus Ab urbe condita, which treated Roman history from the fall of Troy down to the author's lifetime, as the Roman Republic gave way to Augustus' new Roman Empire. In addition to gaining familiarity with Livy's prose style and the distinction between history and historiography, we will consider the interpretations of recent translators, the apparatus criticus, scholarly commentary, and select secondary literature.
LATN 203 (formerly 221) or and equivalent course, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 326
Roman Holidays in Latin Texts
Holidays are more than opportunities for a release from day-to-day responsibilities; they commemorate past events of communal importance as features of a recurring cycle of time, the calendar. The Roman program of holidays, the fasti, was both inscribed in monumental form and used as the basis of one of the Augustan poet Ovid's longest and most intricate poetic works, also titled Fasti. In this course students will explore the Roman cycle of holidays and their national-cultural significance through literary and epigraphic Latin texts.
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 330
Vergil's Aeneid and the Making of Roman Myth
A cornerstone of historical-cultural identity in classical antiquity and modern Western successors to the Roman Empire, Vergil’s Aeneid recounts how the warrior Aeneas and survivors of the Trojan War endured the hardships of exile to reach their prophesied home in Italy, founding the dynasty of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome who ruled in Vergil’s time. Long read as a triumphalist celebration of imperial dominance, in recent decades the Aeneid has also been recognized as giving voice to the sorrow generated by Rome’s recent civil wars and the discarding of women and their concerns in establishing empire. This course explores why, for millennia, the artistic, cultural, and political power of the Aeneid have earned it praise and critique, both at Rome and beyond.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 330
Homer and Homeric Hymns
Substantial readings selected from the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Homeric Hymns with attention to Homeric language, the Homeric depiction of gods and heroes, and ancient and modern reception of these works
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 332
A course designed for the upper-level Latin student, focusing on Catullus, the great lyric poet of the late Republic. We will read the Catullian corpus in its entirety (or very close to it) and explore the literary issues raised by the poet. There will be assignments in secondary critical literature, as well as possible forays into some of the Greek poets who influenced Catullus. A reading knowledge of Latin is essential, prior knowledge of Greek is desirable.
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 352
Ancient Novel
A study of Petronius’ Satyricon and Apuleius’ Metamorphoses ("The Golden Ass") as the two surviving examples of Latin prose fiction: the one, a ribald social satire written by a member of Nero’s court; the other, an extravagant fantasy by a Roman African of the second century A.D.
1.00 units, Lecture
CLAS 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairman are required for enrollment.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
CLCV 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
GREK 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
CLAS 401
Senior Seminar: Special Topics
A senior capstone course that combines seminar meetings with independent study and the writing of a final essay under the direction of a member of the department. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the chair are required. Required of all Classics majors and open to Classical Antiquity and Classical Tradition minors (counts as a course toward fulfilling the minor).
1.00 units, Seminar
CLAS 402
Senior Thesis
A continuation of Classics 401 for students pursuing honors in the Classics major. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the chair are required.
1.00 units, Independent Study
CLAS 466
Teaching Assistant
No Course Description Available.
0.50 units, Independent Study
CLCV 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
GREK 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
LATN 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study